Commencement Speakers Announced: Big Sandy, Borough of Manhattan CC, Broward, College of Saint Rose, Cooper Union, Dominican (Illinois), Edinboro, Juilliard, King, MassArt, Otterbein, Providence, Spelman, Suffolk, U Maryland Baltimore, U Rhode Island

April 24, 2017
  • Big Sandy Community and Technical College: Tony Skeans, a Kentucky prosecutor.
  • Borough of Manhattan Community College, of the City University of New York: U.S. Representative Adriano Espaillat; and Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of Tribeca Productions.
  • Broward College: Keith Koenig, president of City Furniture.
  • College of Saint Rose: Eve Burton, senior vice president and general counsel of Hearst.
  • Cooper Union: Sacha Pfeiffer, the journalist.
  • Dominican University, in Illinois: Howard Tullman, CEO of 1871 Chicago; and Lina Fruzzetti, filmmaker and professor of anthropology at Brown University.
  • Edinboro University: Rachel Levine, physician general for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • Juilliard School: Stephen McKinley Henderson, the actor.
  • King University, in Tennessee: Katherine Paterson, the author.
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design: Diane Paulus, the Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University.
  • Otterbein University: Jane Grote Abell, board chair of Donatos Pizza; and David Blom, president and CEO of OhioHealth Corp.
  • Providence College: Roy Peter Clark, the writer.
  • Spelman College: Valerie Jarrett, who served as a top adviser to President Obama.
  • Suffolk University: Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh; Carol Fulp, president and CEO of the Partnership Inc.; and Robert D. Putnam, the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University.
  • University of Maryland at Baltimore: William P. Magee Jr., co-founder and CEO of Operation Smile.
  • University of Rhode Island: The journalists Vladimir Duthiers and Thomas Farragher.


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